You're reading way too much into this :)
In order to appreciate this song, I think you need to allow for variation of meaning in the English language. Understanding some songs even require that we grant them some poetic license, although I think we should treat those with caution because consciously or otherwise those do tend to cloud our theology. However ...
I think the issue here is that you are trying to examine one point of doctrine outside of the context of the whole system of doctrines that it fits into. If you take the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination by itself and tack it on to a generic pseudo-protestant view of salvation, you'll end up with a problem such as the one you describe. God becomes ...
If you (say you) have faith but don't have works, do you really have faith?
Works are the result of faith. They don't save you. If you have faith, it is only natural that you will have works. James's question is to people who have no works. Why don't you have any works? Where is your faith?
Matthew 12:33 (NASB)
"Make a tree good and its fruit will be ...
Objection 1: It would seem that there is no distinction between actual grace and karma. For both are external causes of a person's future behavior. Therefore there is no distinction between them.
Objection 2: Furthermore, karma and actual graces both influence the state of an individual after death. For karma, we are told, can influence how an individual is ...
"O to grace, how great a debtor, daily I'm constrained to be."
Is essentially the poetic way of saying:
Every day I'm made to realize how much I owe everything to grace.
It doesn't need to mean a literal being in debt - it just happens that the language of debt is used to express such ideas. We might also put it:
Every day I'm made to realize how ...
This isn't truly an "answer" to the question so to speak, so please excuse my butting in here. I think it may be helpful, however, for future readers, to do a small deconstruction of this argument from the perspective of a sola fide belief system. I'm still interested in the other perspectives as well.
While logically, the gambit seems to make sense, it ...
James is writing his epistle to "my brethren" (1:2), who are already of the church, so he is not writing to unbelievers to tell them how to be saved from their sins an get right with God. His readers have already come to Jesus and had their sins washed away in the blood of the Lamb, been justified by faith, and entered into a saving relationship with God.
For most Catholic questions there are two places to start:
Summa Theologica, by Thomas Aquinas
Catechism of the Catholic Church
So for this question I will use this from the CCC (#2)
And from Summa Theologica this:
So there are two types of graces ...
I think the key thing here is understanding what it means to "sow to flesh" and "sow to the Spirit".
The difference (referencing Bob Utley's commentary) is the key difference between the two basic approaches to being right with God: our own effort, or God's free grace.
The former (sowing to flesh) refers to trying to be right by God by trying to work ...
As with many things in scripture, the first thing to do is zoom out and grab some context.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is ...
Human effort consistent with the will of God, does not oppose God's Grace. However, the words of Jesus to Peter (cf. Matthew 16:21-23),
"Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things, but on human things" (NRSV)
are a proclamation from God himself that human effort can, indeed, oppose God's ...
Much of the Question has already been answered, so I will address the concern of the OP.
“It would seem that he did no or minimal good works, and it's most likely that he wasn't baptised.”
As to his Baptism:
The CCC defines Martyr as fallows
MARTYR: A witness to the truth of the faith, in which the martyr endures even death to be faithful to Christ. ...
This is a Latter-Day Saint perspective.
From the Book of Mormon
2 Nephi 25:23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
Nephi is an accepted ancient prophet in the LDS religion. The whole ...
Having read both of these authors, I can confidently say that Bell and Tullian are significantly different in their approaches to scripture, and in their interpretations thereof. I align myself strongly with Tullian's approach, but disagree strongly with Bell's belief.
Historically speaking, Bell's theology aligns well with historical Universalism, or ...
I'll start with the "state of Christian grace" bit. The common teaching (and probably not limited to Catholics) is that people who die not in a state of grace do not go to heaven. BUT, the church also teaches that we don't know who is in a state of Christian grace, or not.
One of the teachings of the Roman Catholic church is that once a person has been ...
Nephi was not perfect in keeping the commandments. In fact, in 2 Nephi 4 he cries out:
17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
18 I am ...
These two slogans were used to explain two major disagreements Protestants had with what the Catholic Church was teaching, and yes, they are designed to work together! They don't compete, they are alone in their own respective fields.
Sola Fide refers to the belief that works are not a means or prerequisite for salvation. People are declared to be justified ...
The ritual the O.P. is describing is a typical blessing of ordinary objects, of which there are many examples in the Shorter Roman Ritual, for example. (Keep in mind that there is no set “rite” for blessings of this kind—the ritual is indicative, not binding.)
The blessing of a “normal” object does not turn it into a sacramental or (better said) a sacred ...
I see that this question has already accepted an answer, but the comments suggest that some concerns still remain, so I'll attempt to provide an answer that fills in these gaps.
I would think that most Christians agree that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. The disagreement concerns what is considered to be loving. This would to come down to a ...
Here's the Arminian perspective:
First, a little background. Jacobus Arminius was a Reformed theologian who eventually became convinced that Calvin's views of predestination and unconditional election made God the author of evil. His reasoning was that if God controls all our choices and does not give us free will, then even our wrong choices ...
There are many types of grace. Some God freely gives (e.g., the grace to convert a sinner toward prayer and repentance). Others are merited. There are sanctifying, gratuitous, cooperating, and operating graces (cf. St. Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Grace in his Summa Theologica).
Read Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s introduction to his commentary on ...
Romans 7:7 states,
What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would
not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not
have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not
Therefore, as Wesley defined
Sin is a willful transgression of a known law of God.
Without known laws of God, ...
From a Lutheran perspective:
We do not believe in us having to do anything. Even accepting Christ.
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
He chose us. Not the other way around.
If we don't accept Christ, how do we know that we're saved?
1 Peter 3:21
21 Baptism now ...
The doctrine of Prevenient Grace is seen by those who adhere to it as a natural outcome of sound Biblical exegesis.
In one respect it's akin to the doctrine of the Trinity in that it resolves apparent discrepancies. With the Trinity, we have clear teachings in Scripture that there is only one God, other clear teachings that Jesus is God, and others ...
Baptism leaves an indelible mark on the soul, but heresy separates one from the Church.
Canon 2314, 1917 Code of Canon Law: “All apostates from the Christian
faith and each and every heretic or schismatic: 1) Incur ipso facto
Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum (# 9), June 29, 1896:
“… can it be lawful for anyone to reject any one ...
So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his
child, God has made you also an heir.
so now we need to bring the good fruit
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing
yourselves to be my disciples.
We are held accountable to what we have inherited.
1 John 3:3
All who have ...